SoundChip SA, a Swiss-based global leader in hearable sound technology, today announced the opening of a new engineering centre focused on the research and development of advanced noise cancelling (NC) technology and providing comprehensive design-in support for customer-initiated product development.
Conveniently located between Manchester and Liverpool airports, the new facilities at Sci-Tech Daresbury comprise three biometrically secured laboratories, enabling “IP Clean Room” end-product development. Each lab is provisioned with its own state-of-the-art acoustic measurement equipment, including diffuse-field-emulators and reference head-and-torso-simulators (HATS). Additionally, to facilitate the precise cataloguing of developmental work-in-process (WIP), the centre also comprises a secured materials repository.
Mark Donaldson, CEO of SoundChip, said, “Noise cancellation is an increasingly important feature for our customers, especially in the Bluetooth and True-Wireless-Stereo (TWS) product segments. As customers look to deploy class-leading noise cancelling and smart audio features across a wider range of products and price-points, it is imperative that we grow our capacity to support them, and these new facilities represent an important first step.”
SoundChip also announced today that it would support the design-in of certain third-party NC chips in addition to its own class-leading and power-efficient HD-PA® devices by way of the company’s proven Waypoints™ end-product development process and Soundstation™ computer-aided-engineering and production tools.
Mark Donaldson stated, “SoundChip recognises that in a growing marketplace, integrated circuits are optimised for specific target applications. With this announcement today, we have chosen to provide our customers with access to a more diverse range of electronics and software solutions where it makes best sense to do so.”
Sci-Tech Daresbury, located close to both Manchester and Liverpool, is internationally known for the quality of its work and is home to scientists and engineers from across the academic research community as well as private industry. Areas of study include accelerator science, bio-medicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science, as researchers explore new areas of science and new technologies – and facilities stretch from a VR/AR lab to a particle accelerator.